Resources for Engineering and Science Ethics

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  • Assessment Tool 0
    • qualitative 0
    • quantitative 0
  • Bibliography 1
  • Case Study / Scenario 13
    • Historical / Non-Fiction Case 0
    • Hypothetical / Fictional Case 11
    • Mini-case 0
    • Moral Exemplar 0
    • Open-ended scenario 1
    • Role Play 0
    • Technical / Numerical Case 0
  • Code / Policy / Guideline 2
    • governmental policy 0
    • honor code 0
    • International Declarations and Standards 0
    • professional code 2
  • Educational Activity Description 8
    • Course 2
    • Ethics Across the Curriculum 0
    • Exercise/Assignment/Module 6
    • Institution-wide Program 0
    • Multi-semester program 0
    • Online activity 0
    • Public Engagement Activity 0
    • Service Learning 0
    • Train the Trainer 0
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    • report 11
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  • Subject Aids 1
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  • Website / organization 0
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Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity
Ethics and Society
  • Catastrophes, Hazards, Disasters 31
  • Communicating Science & Engineering 67
  • Corruption 8
  • Cultural Awareness & Sensitivity 37
  • Emerging technologies 51
  • Environmental Justice 39
  • Governance 38
  • Human Rights 42
  • Law and Public Policy 45
  • Privacy and Surveillance 52
  • Public and Community Engagement 41
  • Public Well-being 99
  • Responsible Innovation 52
  • Risk 71
  • Security 37
    • Biosafety/Biosecurity 7
    • Dual Use 7
  • Social and Political Conflict 19
  • Social Justice 45
  • Social Responsibility 105
    • Corporate Social Responsibility 10
  • Sustainability 80
    • Economic 2
    • Environmental 33
    • Social 12
    • Sustainable Development 15
Research & Practice
  • Animal Use 47
  • Bias in Research 15
  • Collaboration 116
    • Interdisciplinary Research 4
    • International Collaboration 6
  • Community and Participatory Research 27
  • Confidentiality 66
  • Conflict of Interest 85
  • Data Management 98
  • Diversity 33
    • Discrimination in the Workplace 9
    • Diversity in Research Design and Practice 7
  • Expert Witness 7
  • Grant Management 13
  • Human Subjects Research 125
    • Informed Consent 51
    • Institutional Review Boards 20
    • Vulnerable Populations 34
  • Intellectual Property and Patents 47
    • Industrial Espionage 1
    • Trade Secrets 2
  • Mentors and Trainees 129
  • Organizational Climate 24
  • Publication Ethics 122
    • Authorship 85
    • Peer Review 22
  • Reproducibility 14
  • Research Misconduct 57
    • Fabrication 10
    • Falsification 9
    • Handling Misconduct Allegations 12
    • Plagiarism 18
  • Safety 144
    • Lab and Workplace Safety 32
    • Product Liability 15
    • Public Health and Safety 73
  • Whistleblowing 29
  • Workplace Ethics 123
    • Bidding Process 11
    • Bribery and Extortion 13
    • Community Relations 10
    • Employer/Employee Relationships 55
    • Engineer/Client Relationships 47
Controversies
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics 6
  • Big Data 21
  • Climate Change 20
  • Cloning 3
  • Dual Use Research 11
  • Embryo Research 8
  • Energy 13
  • Geoengineering 5
  • Human Enhancement 17
  • Human Migration 4
  • Military and Defense Research 11
  • Stem Cell Research 1
Field
  • Computer, Math, and Physical Sciences 5
    • Applied Mathematics 0
    • Astronomy and Astrophysics 0
    • Atmospheric Sciences 0
    • Chemistry 0
    • Computer Sciences 0
    • Earth Sciences 0
    • Geological Sciences 0
    • Mathematics 0
    • Meteorology 0
    • Nanoscience and Nanotechnology 0
    • Oceanography 0
    • Physics 0
    • Statistics and Probability 0
  • Engineering 11
    • Aerospace Engineering 0
    • Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering 0
    • Chemical Engineering 0
    • Civil Engineering 2
    • Computer Engineering 1
    • Earth Resources Engineering 1
    • Electrical Engineering 1
    • Engineering Management 1
    • Environmental Engineering 2
    • Industrial Engineering 2
    • Material Science and Engineering 3
    • Mechanical Engineering 2
    • Nuclear Engineering 1
    • Systems Engineering 2
  • International Perspectives 10
  • Life and Environmental Sciences 17
    • Animal Science 0
    • Biochemistry 0
    • Bioinformatics 0
    • Biophysics 0
    • Biotechnology 0
    • Cell and Developmental Biology 0
    • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology 0
    • Entomology 0
    • Environmental Health 2
    • Food Science 0
    • Forestry and Forest Science 0
    • Genetics and Genomics 8
    • Immunology and Infectious Diseases 0
    • Integrative Biology 0
    • Microbiology 0
    • Neuroscience and Neurobiology 0
    • Nutrition 0
    • Pharmacology 0
    • Physiology 0
    • Plant Sciences 0
    • Public Health 1
    • Structural Biology 0
    • Synthetic Biology 1
    • Systems Biology 0
    • Toxicology 0
  • Research Ethics 15
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 19
    • Agricultural and Resource Economics 1
    • Anthropology 7
    • Communications 0
    • Criminology and Criminal Justice 0
    • Decision, Risk and Management Sciences 1
    • Economics 0
    • Geography 0
    • Information Sciences 1
    • Linguistics 1
    • Political Science 1
    • Psychology 0
    • Public Policy and Public Administration 1
    • Science and Technology Studies 0
    • Sociology 0
    • Urban Studies and Planning 1
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  • Taking a Product to Market

    Added11/28/2017

    software engineering, sales, corporate responsibility, computer science

    A software engineer has concerns about a recommender system his firm is designing to sell to health and life insurance companies. In a meeting with the sales team leader, he brings up these concerns and argues for extending their development timelines to address them. The sales manager, however, wants to hit the market with their product as soon as possible.

    Author(s) Dalton George Jason Ludwig
    Year 2017
  • Raising an Issue of Participation in a Professional Society (adapted from NSPE Case No. 82-7)

    Added06/10/2006

    Updated12/10/2015

    Ethical Engineering/Fair Trade

    This is an open-ended scenario for discussion based on a case from the NSPE Board of Ethical Review. An engineer actively participates in professional and technical societies. This participation accords with the policy of the engineer's employer, but the engineer's immediate supervisor tries to block or prevent some of these activities.

    Authoring Institution Online Ethics Center
    Year 1999
  • Doubts About Published Results

    Added09/09/2006

    Updated01/29/2016

    research ethics, responsible conduct of research, ethics, research, publications, scientific misconduct, fabrication, falsification,

    A scenario meant to stimulate discussion about the ethical issues that arise when one researcher suspects that another researcher fabricated data.

    Author(s) Albert R. Meyer Caroline Whitbeck
    Contributor(s) Caroline Whitbeck
    Year 1993
  • Microbiologists Respond to Bioterrorism

    Added10/02/2013

    Updated08/05/2016

    In the wake of terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, a group of microbiologists worked with the FBI to identify the individual or group who mailed letters filled with anthrax to American government officials and media personalities. Others struggled with the issues of whether and how to publish research results of potential use to terrorists. A part of the Research, Ethics, and Society project, this case can be used to address the social responsibilities of researchers, particularly those concerning scientists and engineers and their involvement in or opposition to military projects.

    Author(s) Karin Ellison Karen Wellner
    Contributor(s) Karin Ellison
    Year 2013
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